CLEVELAND (June 13, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics finished 35th in the final NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which surpassed the program's previous high-water mark by nearly 20 spots. The ThunderWolves were 54th in 2014-15.
The Pack totaled a record 414 points this year, which was nearly 100 points better than the 2014-15 season when they compiled 323. Last year the ThunderWolves finished 107th in the final standings.
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.
The spring sports totaled 71.5 points, as the men's track and field squad finished 36th at the NCAA Championships to earn 37.5 points, while the men's golf team gathered 34 points after finishing tied for 10th at the NCAA South Central/West Regional.
The winter sports collected the most points for CSU-Pueblo with 190, while the fall sports totaled 152.5 points. The combination of fall and winter moved the Pack into 10th in the standings, which was the highest mid-season ranking ever.
The ThunderWolves were fifth among Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams. Adams State University was 10th (543.5), Colorado School of Mines was 14th (520.5), Colorado Mesa University was 32nd (438.5) and Western State Colorado University was 33rd (433.0).
About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletics departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.